Differences Between Multiplication & Division Problems

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Multiplication are similar in concept, but have a few important differences you want to be aware of. Learn the differences between multiplication and division with help from a mathematics educator with over a decade of experience in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Jimmy Chang, and we're here to talk about the differences between multiplication and division problems. Now, there's a couple of things to help you determine multiplication and division. Now, sometimes the multiplication symbol is going to be used or they might use that of a dot. Or if you see things like three times five, no symbol at all and that the numbers are just next to each other, it tells you that it's a multiplication problem. They may also use the word product because product is a code word for multiplication. Now, with division, they might use the division symbol. So, visually, you might see numbers stack on top of each other with a line in between. But, keyword associated with division is that of quotient. So, find the quotient of four and two, that means divide four and two. But, at the end of the day, product and quotient, multiplication and division are really related to each other because dividing is really another way of saying multiplying. For example, if you have seven divided by four, it can be written this way; but, it can also be thought of a seven times one quarter. So, division is kind of, is thought of as the inverse of multiplication. But, there's a couple of things to distinguish the differences between the two and I'm Jimmy Chang, and that's the differences between multiplication and division problems.


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